"Fighting Global Warming One House at a Time " is the story of Maryland's first 90% renewable energy home. It explains how one Takoma Park family is fighting global warming on a budget, and how you can do it too. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: global warming, energy, efficiency, solar, photovoltaic, conservation
This 2004 "Monty" award-winning film, "We Are All Smith Islanders," demonstrates how global warming is changing the Chesapeake Bay region, using the waning livelihoods of Smith Island watermen as its main example. The film explores how global warming is affecting agriculture, wildlife, health and tourism throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and how the crisis is expected deepen without immediate action. The film also looks at clean energy solutions that can help slow and possibly... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: climate change, global warming, Chesapeake
ARE SLOTS THE SALVATION OF HORSE RACING AND FISCALLY STRAPPED STATES? With attendance at horse races steadily declining, and the State of Maryland facing structural budget shortfalls into the foreseeable future, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller are once again floating slots at race tracks as the horse racing industry’s and the state’s fiscal salvation. But based upon the experience of neighboring states, the Baltimore Sun’s Andrew Green reports that slots actually... favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: gambling, slots, horse racing, revenue
A YEAR AND A HALF AFTER KATRINA: WILL NEW ORLEANS SURVIVE? Eighteen months after Katrina, in March 2007, the Big Easy was anything but. With its population halved, New Orleans nonetheless still led the country in crime. The Lower 9th Ward bore an eerie resemblance to Beirut in the 1980s. Public schools were shuttered or effective police states. The main public hospital was still closed. The city’s underground pipes were leaking more water than people were using. And reputable studies found... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New Orleans, Katrina
Long before "Fahrenheit 911," there was "Hearts and Minds" (1974), a work that Michael Moore touts as the greatest documentary, perhaps the greatest film, ever made. We talk with "Hearts and Minds" filmmaker Peter Davis, who was at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD, for the film's re-release. (Host: Howard Kohn) ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Vietnam, Iraq, documentary
Politics commentator, historian, and author Allan Lichtman wants to occupy the US Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes. Lichtman is running to the Left of the leading Democratic candidates, Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, arguing that there's too much government intruding in our private lives and too little government meeting our needs. (Host: Mark Cohen) Topics: Senate, Maryland, Democrat, Sarbanes, Mfume, Cardin
Jim Grossfeld of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health discusses the Commission's proposal to deputize county inspectors and private citizens to report possible violations of federal and state and worker health and safety laws. Topics: health, safety, worker, county
Potomac Riverkeeper director Ed Merrifield discusses the spread of male bass in the Potomac River who are bearing eggs, like females, caused by chemical pollutants known as endocrine disrupters. (Host: Mike Tidwell) Topics: endocrine disrupter, fish, Potomac, pollution
A summer camp for teens that focuses on fun, democracy and diversity? It's called the LEADD program sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance. Preet Singh discusses the camp, now in its second year. (Host: Heather Kirk-Davidoff) Topics: camp, diversity, LEADD
Father Robert Drinan died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on January 28, 2007 at age 86. Drinan was a priest, a congressman, law school dean, law professor and author. He was the first sponsor of a resolution to impeach President Nixon and a leading advocate of the creation of an international criminal court. In an interview in October 2001, Fr. Drinan talks about how the US response to the 911 attacks might have been different if there were then an international criminal court. Such... Topics: priest, congressman, law professor, 911, international criminal court
Maryland lawmakers are on the verge of enacting a Clean Cars bill that will put into effect California's tougher vehicle emissions standards to limit smog and greenhouse gas emissions. Baltimore Sun reporter Tom Pelton anticipates the new law will have a positive impact in reducing smog but that its greatest impact will be in reducing carbon dioxide, and that change will increase the sticker price of new vehicles. Father Robert Drinan died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on January... Topics: clean cars, Robert Drinan, HPV, vaccine, ethnic farming
Tease of Guests: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md); author Edwin Black ("Internal Combustion"), Word/Dance/Theater president Cynthia Word, poet Holly Bass ("duchamp's wife"), and sights and sounds from "Magical Montgomery."
Gov. Ehrlich's Election Year Budget After successive years of spending cuts, and threatening further cuts unless the General Assembly supports the introduction of slot machines into Maryland, Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich now comes bearing gifts, proposing the largest state spending increases in a generation (and without having slots as a revenue source). The apparent big winners in the 2007 budget: Corrections officers and higher education. But wait: It's an election year and a good time to... Topics: budget, Maryland, Sojourners, politics, faith, gardening, invasive, native, poetry,...
Here's what's on the March 2009 episode of THE COFFEE HOUSE: SPYING ON NONVIOLENT PROTESTERS â¦NOT JUST A THING OF THE PAST. WE TALK WITH DAVID ROCAH, STAFF ATTORNEY FOR THE ACLU OF MARYLAND ABOUT THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE MARYLAND STATE POLICEâ¦ SHOULD LOCAL POLICE REPORT ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES FOR POSSIBLE DEPORTATION? ITâS A GROWING TREND THAT CONCERNS MICHELLE MENDEZ OF THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUP, CASA OF MARYLANDâ¦ YOU â TAXPAYER â HAVE... Topics: surveillance, civil liberties, immigrants, raids, foreclosures, REOs, poetry, art, music
Opening tease for Episode 134 featuring Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Bob Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future; Mike Podhorzer of the AF-CIO; poet Angie Chuang; book reviewer Reben Jackson; and musci by BluesWorks. Topics: politics, arts, music, poetry
This month in The Coffee House: The American electoral system is drowning under the weight of big money interests, contends Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree, who offers a short-list agenda to revitalize democracy in America… Speaking of drowning, not only will there be another Katrina, argues author Mike Tidwell in The Ravaging Tide, the next great hurricane could well submerge the Baltimore-DC area… It comes down to, what is a "supervisor"? The rights of some eight... Topics: politics, electoral, reform, climate, Katrina, labor, NLRB, poetry, music, fiddle
Dr. Michael McCracken, chief scientist at the Climate Institute, discusses the science-fiction sounding geo-engineering, high-tech proposals to reverse the impacts of climate change. Topics: climate, warming, geo-engineering
Mark Lloyd, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, on switching from a market to a democratic model of defining diversity in local media; Anglea Jordan Davis, author of Arbitrary Justice, chats with Maryland State Senator and constitutional law scholar Jamie Raskin about the growth of prosecutorial power; Cindy Schwartz, director of the League of Conservation Voters in Maryland, talks with Mike Tidwell about the political impact of the rapidly rising public alarm over climate...
January 2007 in The Coffee House: BURNING TOBACCO IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY It's called the Maryland Health Initiative and it aims to increase the number of residents with health insurance and fund anti-smoking education by doubling the state tax on a pack of cigarettes. Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition director Vincent Demarco argues that the bill will save thousands of lives by deterring smoking among teens and low-income residents, and save the state and taxpayers big dollars... Topics: health care, tobacco, climate change, clean energy, worker health and safety, poetry, music
Constitutional law expert Jamin Raskin on the Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito; US PIRG's Navin Nayak on Hurricane Alley and our energy future; veterinarian Victoria Hampshire on Katrina and animal rescue efforts; poet Sibbie O'Sullivan on her new CD of poems; singer-songwirter Lianna and poets Kim Roberts and Naomi Ayala Topics: Supreme Court, Alito, Katrina, energy, climate, animals, poetry, music